JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is beginning to win the war on meth.
The state is getting national attention now for having one of the lowest number of meth labs and dump-sites in the country. So what’s the secret? “Making pseudoephedrine prescription only because it’s the primary precursor for the manufacturing of methamphetamine,” explained Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher.
That law went into effect in July 2010 and Fisher says the proof that it works is in the numbers. “At the end of September in 2010, we had 258 operational meth labs that had been seized that year.” He said. “At the end of September of this year, we had eight.”
Mississippi is one of only two states that require a doctor’s prescription for cold medicine made with pseudoephedrine.